Auction alert: a 20 gauge Beretta BL-5 O/U shotgun…

20 gauge BL-5 Beretta O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge BL-5 Beretta O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

Even though the British invented the low-profile over-under shotgun (Boss & Co,. 1909), it was the Italians made them affordable enough for a mass market. Beretta started down this path in 1935 when they started selling their SO-series sidelock O/Us.

They followed this effort up in 1949 with a more affordable boxlock version – the ASEs. Later the company introduced their BL-line of boxlock O/Us, and made their lightweight, low profile design available to much wider audience. The BLs came in grades from the BL-1 to the BL-5, and they were the kind of shotguns that introduced thousands of shooters to the benefits and quality of Italian O/Us.

20 gauge BL-5 Beretta O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge BL-5 Beretta O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

If you would like to be another on of these shooters, Daniel Auction Company in Sylvester, GA, has this 20 gauge Beretta BL-5 coming up this Saturday, August 24.

P. Beretta-gardone Vt Model BL-5 20 Gauge Over/under Shotgun: P. BERETTA-GARDONE VT MODEL BL-5 20 GAUGE OVER/UNDER SHOTGUN, HIGHLY ENGRAVED SINGLE SELECTIVE EJECTORS, 28″ BARREL MODIFIED/FULL VENT RIB – 80% CONDITION ESTIMATE=$1000-2000

20 gauge BL-5 Beretta O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
20 gauge BL-5 Beretta O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

Good gun alert: another nice 20 gauge Beretta ASE…

1953 Beretta AS 20E Boxlock 20 Gauge Over Under Shotgun
1953 Beretta AS 20E Boxlock 20 Gauge Over Under Shotgun

I’ve written about these great little doubles a number of time before. They’re such great shotguns that very time I see one I feel obligated to let people know.

Back in 1949, Beretta introduced a line of O/Us that would become legends. The ASs were boxlock O/Us and Beretta built them as lightweight hunting guns. The shotguns came in 2 gauges (12g and 20g) and 3 grades (ASE, ASEL, and ASEELL).

1953 Beretta AS 20E Boxlock 20 Gauge Over Under Shotgun
1953 Beretta AS 20E Boxlock 20 Gauge Over Under Shotgun

Today, a lot of Beretta fanatics consider the AS-grades to be the best boxlock shotguns made by the Italian company. If you’re looking for a fantastic upland gun, the one you see here is hard to beat.

1953 Beretta AS 20E Boxlock 20 Gauge Over Under: 26 inch skeet and skeet chokes. This gun is 99% receiver 97% barrels and 98% wood. Double triggers. Serial # is 11xxx. WT 5lb 7oz DAC 1 3/8 DAH 2 1/8 LOP 14.

1953 Beretta AS 20E Boxlock 20 Gauge Over Under Shotgun
1953 Beretta AS 20E Boxlock 20 Gauge Over Under Shotgun

First crush: the straight-gripped, 20g Beretta Onyx O/U…

20g Beretta/Orvis Onyx/Uplander Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun
20g Beretta/Orvis Onyx/Uplander Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

The little Beretta O/U was in the rack behind the knife counter, at attention with a few 20gs just like it,  some 12gs, and rifles with shining, stainless-steel bolts. It was a 686 Onyx with a straight stock. After my first dozen visits, the guys in the shop set it on the counter as soon as I walked in.

It wasn’t expensive, but it was too expensive for me. I had my first real job then, but also my first real debt (F150, college, credit cards). It took me fifteen years to be in a better place and make one mine.

20g Beretta/Orvis Onyx/Uplander Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun
20g Beretta/Orvis Onyx/Uplander Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Here’s one just like it that just popped up on the market:

Orvis Uplander by Beretta 20 Ga Over Under Shotgun: 3″- 26 1/2″ barrels with two Briley choke tubes- IC/Mod. Single selective trigger, straight grip. 14″ to a leather covered pad X 1 1/2″X 2 1/4″ with very nice wood. Wt.- 5 lbs. 13 ozs. A great little bird gun! Price: $2,450.00

20g Beretta/Orvis Onyx/Uplander Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun
20g Beretta/Orvis Onyx/Uplander Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Genuine Woodward gun cases – perfect for your vintage O/U…

Genuine James Woodward & Sons leather Over Under Shotgun Case
Genuine James Woodward & Sons leather Over Under Shotgun Case

Old gun cases fascinate me as much as old firearms. The dings in the leather, the name embossed on the lid, the oil and powder stains in the baize lining, and the musty smell when you first lift the lid — that’s the tease before you get to the main show of the gun itself.

The two cases you see here are from James Woodward & Sons. Ones all leather and the other is an oak & leather. Both were made for O/Us, and they contain a mix of accessories. They’ve never been recovered or relined, and the labels are 100% original.

Genuine James Woodward & Sons oak & leather Over Under Shotgun Case
Genuine James Woodward & Sons oak & leather Over Under Shotgun Case

Woodward opened his shop in 1874, and he made all sorts of guns until his name and designs to Purdey in 1948. In 1913, Woodward introduced his most beautiful shotguns – the Woodward-patent Under & Over gun. You can see on the labels that these cases you see here were made to hold two of those famous shotguns.

Both of these cases are for sale. If you’re interested in them, drop me a note for full details & prices.

Genuine James Woodward & Sons leather Over Under Shotgun Case
Genuine James Woodward & Sons leather Over Under Shotgun Case
Genuine James Woodward & Sons leather Over Under Shotgun Case
Genuine James Woodward & Sons leather Over Under Shotgun Case
Genuine James Woodward & Sons oak & leather Over Under Shotgun Case
Genuine James Woodward & Sons oak & leather Over Under Shotgun Case
Genuine James Woodward & Sons oak & leather Over Under Shotgun Case
Genuine James Woodward & Sons oak & leather Over Under Shotgun Case
Genuine James Woodward & Sons oak & leather Over Under Shotgun Case
Genuine James Woodward & Sons oak & leather Over Under Shotgun Case

 

Shooting the King’s Woodwards….

King Carol's 20g Woodward O/U double barrel shotguns
King Carol’s 20g Woodward O/U double barrel shotguns, copyright Lewis Drake & Associates

I’m back! Thanks for bearing with me while I’ve been away. Work & life have been hectic lately – big projects & tight deadlines in the office, plus my wife and I just bought a house. But things are calming down now, so I have time for this…

King Carol II of Romania was not a good guy, but he did have excellent taste in double barrel shotguns. Lewis Drake & Associates just had the King’s pair of 20 gauge Woodward over-and-unders on the market for $195,000. Not a bad pair of shotguns.

I was poking around on the British Pathe website yesterday checking old videos and I stumbled across the footage below. Amazingly, it shows King Carol shooting the pair of 20g Woodwards you see above. Check it out now.

KING CAROL AND PRINCE MICHAEL OF RUMANIA, PHEASANT SHOOTING

KING CAROL AND PRINCE MICHAEL OF RUMANIA, PHEASANT SHOOTING
KING CAROL AND PRINCE MICHAEL OF RUMANIA, PHEASANT SHOOTING

 

The pic of the Woodwards is copyright Lewis Drake and Associates.

Good gun alert: a .410 SigArms O/U double barrel shotgun…

SigArms .410 Double Barrel Over-Under Shotgun
SigArms .410 Double Barrel Over-Under Shotgun
SigArms .410 Double Barrel Over-Under Shotgun
SigArms .410 Double Barrel Over-Under Shotgun
SigArms .410 Double Barrel Over-Under Shotgun
SigArms .410 Double Barrel Over-Under Shotgun

I know I said I would be away for a few days, but I had to post this .410 O/U when I saw it pop up today. SigArms shotguns are nice doubles, and with 29″ bbls, almost all it’s original finish, and very fair price ($1,600) this one looks like a great deal. Get on it now.

Here’s more about it from the seller:

SigArms .410 Double Barrel Over-Under Shotgun

Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Single
Grip: Straight Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 13 7/8 ”
Pad thickness: 0.5 ”
Type of butt: Rubber Pad
Drop comb: 1 1/2 ”
Drop heel: 2 1/4 ”
Cast amount: 0 ”
Weight: 6 lbs, oz

Manufactured in: Italy
Manufacture Year: Finish: Case Colored
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish

Barrel info:
Gauge: 410 BORE
Chamber: 3 ”
Length: 29 ”
Chokes: IC/M
Rib type: Ventilated
Price: $1,600.00

Please stay tuned….

I’ll be away for a few days, working on a couple other projects and trying to catch up at the office. Please check back next Monday for new posts. Thanks – and I hope you’re enjoying the summer.

-Gregg

Late auction alert: Krider, Greener, Parker, Browning, Darne, & more…

Carol Watson’s Orange Coast Auctions in Irvine, CA, is having a big gun auction this weekend, starting tomorrow, 8/3 @ 10am, Pacific. There are a lot of shotguns coming up. Here are a few of the doubles that caught my eye:

John Krider, Phila. 8 Ga. Perc. Market Double Barrel Shotgun:
John Krider, Phila. 8 Ga. Perc. Market Double Barrel Shotgun

John Krider, Phila. 8 Ga. Perc. Market Shotgun: Philadelphia made 8 Ga. Percussion Double Barrel Market Shotgun, by John Krider, 28” barrels, sideplates, hammer, triggerguard and buttplate are lightly engraved and marked ”John Krider”; barrel flat engraved ”Philadelphia”. Condition is about fine with trace case colors to lockplate and hammers. Barrels have toned brown. Checkering shows only the slightest flattening with a very small repair at toe of stock. Good functioning action, good bores, with beautiful original hickory ramrod. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000.

Remington Grade 2 Model 1878 SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
Remington Grade 2 Model 1878 SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Remington Grade 2 Model 1878 SxS Shotgun: Heavy Duck Side-by-Side Shotgun, #6033, 10 ga., 32” damascus barrels, checkered stock and forend, steel buttplate, case hardened frame, hammers and thumb lever. Mfg’d 1878-1882. Condition is very good retaining approx. 20%-30% thinning and toning brown to barrels, 50% thinning and silvering case colors to frame, hammer and lever. Stock with slight scuffs and dings, minor flattening to checks at pistol grip and somewhat more moderate to forend. Missing the head of left hammer screw. Action is crisp, bores are bright. Estimate : $800-$1,200.

 12 gauge Parker Bros. G Grade SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Parker Bros. G Grade SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Parker G Grade SxS Shotgun: #131065, 12 ga., 28” fine damascus barrels, lightly engraved case hardened frame, select figured American pistol-grip checkered stock, Parker Bros. hard rubber checkered butt pad, double trigger with extractors. Mfg’d 1904. Condition is fine to near excellent. Barrel shows just minor thinning to damascus pattern, with minor thinning to case color on frame at balance point. Stock shows minor flattening to checks, somewhat more pronounced on forend, with minor impressions. Action is crisp, bores are right. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000.

Lot # 217 W.W. Greener ''The Trapgun'' SxS Shotgun
Lot # 217 W.W. Greener ”The Trapgun” SxS Shotgun

W.W. Greener ”The Trapgun” SxS Shotgun: #35004, 12 ga., 27-3/4” damascus barrels with unchoked bores, smooth game rib, exposed hammers, double trigger, with Prince of Wales pistol-grip checkered walnut stock and large heavy beavertail forend. Top of barrels marked ”W.W. Greener THE TRAPGUN. 68 Haymarket, London”. Mfg’d approx. 1886. Condition is fine with light thinning and silvering to damascene patterned barrels. Frame and sidelocks retain approx. 75% original finish. Stocks with light scuffs and minor flattening to checks. Action is tight, bores are bright. Front bead is missing, and barrels may have been shortened. Length of pull 14”. Estimate: $1,800-$2,400.

Lot # 222 16 gauge Darne Model R-13 SxS Sliding Breech Shotgun
Lot # 222 16 gauge Darne Model R-13 SxS Sliding Breech Shotgun

16 gauge Darne Model R-13 SxS Sliding Breech Shotgun: 27” blue barrels, floral engraved case hardened frame, double triggers, ejectors, straight checkered stock and horn-tipped forend, with leather sling. Condition is very good to near fine retaining approx. 92% re-blackened barrels. Case colors to frame have mostly gone silver. Stock with minor flattening, small holes to left side cheekpiece from an old cheek pad, repair at heel behind rear sling swivel, and ¼” hole just forward of triggerguard that may be original. Buttplate shows repairs and is missing lower screw. Action is crisp, bores are fine and bright. Estimate: $800-$1,200.

One-of-a-Kind Angelo Bee Exhibition Grade Engraved and 4-Color Gold Inlaid Belgian Browning Model 25
One-of-a-Kind Angelo Bee Exhibition Grade Engraved and 4-Color Gold Inlaid Belgian Browning Model 25

One-of-a-Kind Angelo Bee Exhibition Grade Engraved and 4-Color Gold Inlaid Belgian Browning Model 25: Over/Under Shotgun, #2883F69, 28 ga., 26-1/2” vent rib barrel, straight grip Exhibition Grade walnut stock with false three-piece checkered forend. Left scene depicts fighting pheasants; right scene with pintail ducks setting down, with classic Belgian scrolls and gold inlaid flora. Bottom of stock is extensively inlaid with multi-colored gold wire design and game birds. Buttstock is additionally inlaid with false sidelock type plates with large duck and pheasant motif in gold. Angelo Bee told us that it was is first foray into double border inlays in his career and this gun is from his personal collection. Condition is excellent with breathtaking designs. Estimate: $18,000-$24,000.

Good gun alert: a nice 12 gauge Browning Superposed O/U…

Belgian Browning 12ga Grade one Superposed. Over-Under Shotgun
Belgian Browning 12ga Grade one Superposed. Over-Under Shotgun

Browning’s Superposeds O/Us are one of America’s classic shotguns — even though they were made in Europe. From grouse in Pennsylvania to ducks in the Oregon, millions of birds have fallen to them, and millions of memorable days have ended with an proud owner oiling and admiring his prized Superposed.

While the Superposed was never really expensive shotgun (at least a Grade One), it was never cheap, either. In its day, owning one would have taken most people some patience and some saving. But it was available at a price within reach of many Americans (unlike O/Us by Boss, Woodward, and other British gunmakers).

Here’s more about this one from seller:

Belgian Browning 12ga Grade One Superposed: 28″ solid rib barrels choked modified(.015″) and full(.028″). Round knob,long tang gun made in 1951.98% finish remaining.Solid rib superposed guns are hard to find in this condition. Price: $2,195.00

Belgian Browning 12ga Grade one Superposed. Over-Under Shotgun
Belgian Browning 12ga Grade one Superposed. Over-Under Shotgun
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